African Union Elects Chad Foreign Minister as Next Chairman

  • Moussa Faki Mahamat edges out Kenyan competitor in vote
  • Election comes before debate over readmitting Morocco to bloc

By Nizar Manek and Felix Njini, 30 January 2017
(Bloomberg) -- 
The African Union elected Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat as its next chairman, edging out his Kenyan counterpart Amina Mohamed.
Mahamat defeated Mohamed after seven rounds of voting at a summit of African leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday, the Kenyan presidency said in an e-mailed statement. Three other candidates including Senegalese diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily and nominees from Botswana and Equatorial Guinea were eliminated in earlier rounds.
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